About IAF

1. What is the IAF?
The International Accreditation Forum, Inc. (IAF) is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment. ...more

2. Role of IAF
The purpose of IAF is to ensure that its accreditation body members only accredit competent bodies and to establish mutual recognition arrangements, known as Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLA), between its members. ...more

3. IAF Membership
Accreditation body membership of IAF is open to organisations that accredit bodies for certification/registration of management systems, products, services, personnel or similar programmes of conformity assessment. ...more

4. IAF Programmes
IAF operates a range of programmes to ensure the continued competence of accredited certification/registration bodies and the consistent application of international conformity assessment standards.  ...more

5. IAF Charter
The IAF Charter sets out the aims and principles under which IAF functions. ...more

6. Code of Conduct
IAF has developed a Code of Conduct to support the broad principles of legal and ethical business conduct embraced by IAF members. ...more

7. Organisational Structure of IAF

8. Standards & Conformity Assessment
Standards are documented agreements containing technical specifications or other precise criteria. Conformity assessment is the process by which a competent body issues a certificate that a particular business or product will comply with a specific standa ...more

9. What is certification/registration?
Certification/registration is when an independent and competent third party certifies that a product, service, system, process or material conforms to specific requirements. ...more

10. What is accreditation?

11. IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA)
The IAF MLA aims to provide assurance of the equivalence of the operation of certification/registration bodies in those countries with accreditation bodies that are IAF MLA members. ...more

12. MLA Signatories

13. What is the IAF Development Support programme?
The IAF Development Support programme provides workshops, seminars and specific training programmes for emerging accreditation bodies. ...more

14. Why do inspections?
The overall aim of inspections is to the reduce risk to the buyer, owner, user or consumer of the product being sold or purchased. ...more

15. Training
IAF supports its programmes with training for peer evaluators as well as providing special sessions to explore new and emerging issues. ...more

16. Complaints
The IAF Board treats any complaints with the utmost concern and will deal with them expeditiously and in confidence. ...more

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